What is the Lithuanian perspective on democracy, the country’s institutions, the news media and conspiracy theories? An overview of the 2021 GLOBSEC Trends report for Lithuania

Aug 17, 2021 | News, Publications

The Eastern Europe Studies Centre Is continuing its successful continued cooperation with one of the largest analytical centres in Central Europe – GLOBSEC. This year, cooperation with the Slovakian partners continues through the GLOBSEC Trends 2021 study, which has now been performed for six years.

The annual GLOBSEC Trends study is aimed at examining and comparing public opinions regarding the state of democracy, belief in conspiracy theories, trust in institutions and news media consumption habits, as well as the influence of foreign actors (particularly Russia and China) in ten European countries. This year, other than Lithuania, the study also included Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.

You can find the overview made by the Eastern Europe Studies Centre on the survey results at the following link. Also, a video on one of the angles of the study, the Lithuanian public’s perception of the country’s geopolitical orientation, featuring the author of the overview, Eastern Europe Studies Centre analyst Jurgis Vedrickas, can be found here.

“As always, it is pleasant to see that our society views the West especially favourably. However, it must be noted that it is concurrently far less supportive of many Western-propagated values. This raises the question of to what extent our westward direction is tied to values and ideological beliefs and to what extent – to the desire to gain distance from the East or more specifically – from Russia,” J. Vedrickas said.

Project head Justinas Kulys welcomed the project’s continuity and productive cooperation with the Slovak partners: “We welcome the long-term cooperation with the GLOBSEC analytical centre and the results that spring from this. This year’s GLOBSEC Trends 2021 study allows for a better understanding and comparison of how the citizens of ten European countries view the policies of Russia and China. Looking at this study, we can not only better understand the perspectives of Lithuanian citizens but also compare them to our allies in the Central and Eastern Europe regions. Questions related to democracy, trust in institutions, and the news media also allow for a discussion of internal problems, challenges and threats within Lithuania itself.”

There are also plans to release an interactive game in cooperation with GLOBSEC this year. It will revolve around the Belarusian presidential elections held last year. Also, an analytical overview of Russian propaganda on matters of history is to be released.

The full GLOBSEC Trends 2021 study can be found here. The project is implemented in cooperation with the GLOBSEC analytical centre. The project and its activities are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy project Understanding and Countering Authoritarian Interference.

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